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MSNBC
Dec 23, 2012 12:00pm PST
greece. >> that was republican senator lindsey graham laying the blame for the fiscal cliff failure on president obama. democrats think otherwise. let's bring in karsz bass. thanks for being here. >> thanks for having me on. >> is there a chance the economy could fail on the extent of the greece economy. >> i was very optimistic on wednesday. on thursday when boehner could not get the votes from his own caucus for his own deal that definitely left me concerned. this is so reminiscent of last year the payroll tax cut where the house gop kind of fell apart and the leadership had to come from the senate so i think that is probably the case. >> republicans say the president has not been willing to compromise. republican congressman from ohio on cnn this morning said the president has to act on spending before there can be a deal. let's listen to that. >> where the president has not been serious is the other side of the equation. he is all about taxes and has this mandate on taxes but the spending cuts, the need to get us out of this mess, he hasn't been serious about those and that is unfo
CBS
Dec 22, 2012 11:00pm EST
. >>> well, with time running out to avoid the fiscal cliff, democrats and republicans have retreated to their home bases with all signs tonight pointing to us going over that cliff. that means taxes for 90% of us will be going up in days unless an agreement is reached. president barack obama is now in hawaii for christmas with his family. yesterday he urged the congress to adopt a stopgap measure to prevent taxes from rising on income under $250,000 a year and keep benefits flowing to unemployed folks. house speaker john boehner, he's home in cincinnati tonight. he failed to get members of his own party to support his plan b proposal for ending the crisis. today boehner was back on the attack, blaming democrats for the stalemate by refusing to include entitlements in the networkses. >> what the president has offered won't do anything to help our spending problem and address the crippling debt. he wants more spending and tax hikes that will hurt our economy, and he refuses to challenge the members of his party to deal honestly with thentitlement reform and the big issues facing our natio
NBC
Dec 23, 2012 6:00pm EST
battle in washington has to do with the fiscal cliff. two senior senators took to the airwaves today to discuss what happens next. democrat chuck schumer and suggested republicans needed to work on a partisan solution and accept the reality of tax increases. republican senator lindsey graham says he does not expect a big deal until the next round of debt ceiling talks. >> our republican colleagues, by refusing to go along with revenues, are risking the fiscal cliff. >> there will not be a big deal. the chance for a big deal is with the debt ceiling. that is one of will have leverage to turn the country around. >> president obama urged congress to get a deal done when they returned from christmas break. president obama was among the dignitaries that attended the memorial service for the senator. the world war ii was the first japanese-american elected to both houses of congress, serving hawaii for 50 years. he died of respiratory complications last monday. he was 88 years old. former president bush is still in stable condition in a houston hospital. the 88-year-old former president has been hospitalized since november undergoing treatment for bronchitis. doctors are op
CNN
Dec 23, 2012 6:00am PST
will of the house. >> republican versus republican on the fiscal cliff with congressman sooeven up lawsuit ter rhett and mcmulvaney. weighing in all of it is our political panel. "usa today's" washington bury rechief sussan page and ron duffy. i'm candy crowley. nine days after the mass shooting deaths in newtown, the president of the national rifle association joined the gun debate. >> i call on congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation. >> in a similar vein, lawmakers in a growing number of states including oklahoma, missouri, south dakota, virginia and oregon will consider laws allowing teachers and school administrators to carry firearms at school. the nra is moving ahead to have their national model school shield in place to schools that want it. to talk about the dangers and backlash is the program director assa hutchinson. thank you for joining us. one of the thing that struck me is there was no mention of any gun control in favor or in opposition, so i wanted to get you on the re
FOX News
Dec 23, 2012 3:00pm PST
deal in the next nine days to avoid the fiscal cliff we ring in the new year with big tax increases and spending cuts. here to talk about what is going to happen are two leading senators. john barasso, chairman of the republican policy committee and from new york democrat kent conrad, chairman of the senate budget committee. senators welcome back to "fox news sunday." >> thanks for having me. >> good to be with you. >> chris: before heading to hawaii for christmas the president laid out a new stripped down plan to avert the fiscal cliff. here is what it is. extend the bush tax cuts for people making less than $250,000. extend unemployment benefits for the 2 million people who will run out next month and delay the sequester of $110 billion in spending cuts next year. for all of the talk of $4 trillion in debt reduction this plan would only save $800 billion over ten years. senator conrad is that the best that washington can do over the next nine days and can you pass even that? >> look, chris, it may come to that but we can do better. and we should do better. this is an opportunity to do something that would be hugely important for the country. i mean my own belief is what we ought to do is take speaker boehner's las
FOX
Dec 22, 2012 10:00pm EST
are watching the fiscal cliff clock. the president says that he has met republicans halfway. now, is it working? >>> and if you are not finished with your christmas shopping, you are not alone >>> only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> as people across the nation try to focus on the holidays, the events in newtown, connecticut, and the debate over gun control is controlling much of the conversation this weekend, regardless of which side of the debate you are on. the end goal is ending gun violence. a crowd gathered at a vigil aimed at doing just that. lauren demarco joins us there. >> reporter: president obama says that this is not just an issue for lawmakers and law enforcement. he says that's going to take all americans standing up and say, enough on behalf of our kids. and that is why the community is coming out tonight. the vigil in columbia heights was held in honor of 20 children and six school staff members killed. local stool keepers trish and her husband tim were among those who gathered. >> hopefully that will lead to some momentum. >> r
CNN
Dec 23, 2012 1:00pm PST
to go off the fiscal deliver and republicans saying the president wants to go off the fiscal cliff. so, i think it's quite possible we will, although it's not going to be catastrophic the first day. so i think -- it will take past the first of the year for them to actually come one something. and i think they will come up with something before the economy just turns to disaster. >> perhaps it is nice we all go off the cliff together. john boehner, the implosion of plan b seems hugely tough for him to get over. account president actually negotiate with boehner if he can't deliver his own caucus? >> well, it was interesting. today, we had some republicans saying to us that if boehner thought add good deal, that he could get enough democrats on and some republicans, whe would put out a deal that might not get a majority of republicans. i don't see there is a bill now because the democrats are not so sure what kind of spending cuts they want. yes, i think john boehner is still in the mix, in the end, he is going to have to deliver in the house. he doesn't necessarily have to deliver al
CSPAN
Dec 23, 2012 3:33pm EST
. host: let's look a potentially what you could face if the fiscal cliff begins in january. increase of $400 if your income is $20,000 a year. it increases substantially if your income is $40,000 to $64,000. deanna is on the phone from oregon. republican line. caller: there are so many issues to address here but i certainly wanted to talk to joshua specifically. i retired from the air force after 20 years and recently finished my master's degree. my thesis was on diagnosing and the affects of diagnosing on the economy. one of the things i discovered through my research, which i find remarkable -- my professors as well -- was that there were two types of social security. one that people pay into and one that people do not pay into. the one which is not paid into is the one that is consuming the majority of our resources regarding social security. as i was doing the research, my thesis, the question that came about -- i was seeing clients as an intern -- these people who were receiving benefits based on being 100% disabled. there was no clear, defining factor that said when a person was 100% disabled, or 40% disabled, as we have in the military. everyone is diagnosed with a mental disorder is considered 100% disabled and is entitled to 100%
CNN
Dec 23, 2012 9:00am PST
some things that will avoid the worst consequences going over the fiscal cliff. i can tell you that i've talked to a lot of republican colleagues in the senate who are favorably inclined toward the idea, let's protect the middle class from the tax cuts, raise taxes on people over $250,000 and stop those terrible cuts in defense, homeland security, education, et cetera. >> not much time left. senator, after 24 years in the u.s. senate you are retiring, but you still have work to do. so i'm not going to say good-bye to you now, because i imagine we might speak to you again. >> we might. you see all of this, i told my colleagues they're just doing it to make sure those of us retiring this year work every last day of the term. we're going to spend new year's eve here i believe. >> thanks for the cheery note. thank you. good to see you. president obama is calling on the holiday spirit to avoid the fiscal cliff. >> everybody can cool off. everybody can drink some eggnog, have some christmas cookies, sing some christmas carols. >> but it may take more than divine inspiration. [ woman ] dear cat, your hair mixes with pollen and dust. i
FOX News
Dec 22, 2012 8:00pm PST
fiscal cliff is in a sense artificial, if he has the power to raise taxes next year for six months and then get down to serious negotiations after the congress-- >> and should republicans be willing to raise rates? say we lost the election, now what, we're just going to, we have to do it. >> well, i think if the president had put something that was like $1 of tax increases for every $4 that he was cutting, then there could be an argument for doing that, but he's not there. >> paul: all right, mary, thank you. still ahead, four state department officials were removed from their post after a r r r r r r r >> a scathing report this week blames systemic failures in leadership and management deficiencies at the state department for inadequate security at the u.s. consulate in benghazi before the september 11th attack that killed ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. in testimony before congress this week, two top advisors to secretary of state hillary clinton vowed to do better and to improve security at u.s. diplomatic posts around the world. clinton herself was suppose today appear, but reportedly recovering from a concussion and testifying in january. and we'r
NBC
Dec 23, 2012 10:00am EST
trillion in cuts. any hope of going over the fiscal cliff must start in the senate. not one democrat would support the idea that we could protect 99% of americans from a tax increase. boehner's plan b i thought made as soon as. to my republican kcolleagues, te the ronald reagan model is if you get 80% of what you want, that's a good day. i lime simpson-bowles. the president is going to get tax rate hikes. to my republican colleagues, if we can protect 99% of the public from a tax hike that, is not a tax increase in my book. chuck, maybe you and me and some other people in the senate can find a way to find this on the short term but on the long term there's not going to be a deal any time soon. >> you think we're going to go over the cliff? >> i think we're going to fall out of the fiscal tree. the big chance at the big deal is at the debt ceiling. that's when we'll have leverage to turn the country around, prevent from becoming greece and save social security and medicare. to anybody listening, i will raise the debt ceiling orchl if we save medicare and social security from insolvency and prevent this country from becoming greece. no more borrowing until we know why we're in debt to begin with. >> let me say this. i don't think that usi
FOX News
Dec 22, 2012 4:00pm PST
-the good news. and thank you very much. we'll turn to the fiscal cliff . it is approaching effort . it is earlier this week there is signs of progress and republican house speaker john boehner said plans don't do enough to address the key problem. nasa's government spending that could impact future americans . >> what the president offered so far will not resolve the spending problems . it will hurt our economy. a failing to reach a deal by december 31st would trigger tax hikes and spending hikes . and they say they are willing to continue to work toward a deal . the question is can they get it done in a time. here's steve in washington. will president obama focus on the fiscal cliff? do we know? >> probably not: there will not be done to much -- and president arrived in honolulu. within to his rented vacation home. he left washington last night after scaling back . it is still possible . he's focusing now on a middle class tax hike and extended unemployment benefits. and this congress laws can only pass for democrats and republicans and that means no one gets 100 percent of what they want. everybody has to give a little bit in a sensible way. we move f
FOX Business
Dec 22, 2012 8:00pm EST
both the house and senate, and the decision to go over the fiscal cliff now depends on his ability to successfully negotiate and to forge a compromise that appeals to both republicans and the far left in mr. obama's party. the president metwith senate majority leader harry reid this afternoon and talked with speaker boehner to begin anew that effort to reach compromise. >> averting this middle-class tax hike is not a democratic responsibility or republican responsibility. with their foes the american people have determined that governing is a shared responsibility between both parties in this congress laws can only pass with support from democrats and republicans, and that means nobody gets 100 percent of what they want. lou: there are only ten days remaining tothe fiscal cliff. president obama headed to value within actually minutes, and members of congress have also gone home for chrrstmas vacation already. in a news conference today, speaker boehner admitted negotiations wh the president ha, indeed, been difficult. >> until the president on monday, these are my bottom lines. the president told me that his numbers, $1 trillion in new revenues, 850 billion in spending
MSNBC
Dec 23, 2012 9:00am PST
whether the fiscal cliff debate will move towards the senate now. we've seen speaker boehner and the president at the center of this for weeks. doesn't look like they can come together. can mitch mcconnell or anyone on the republican sidestep forward in these last nine days remains to be seen. >> david drucker, to you. we had senator chuck schumer saying we were this close to getting a deal done. how close is "this close" now? and what did that entail? >> well, you know, i think it depends on what you think is "this close." from what we can tell, it looked as though speaker boehner and president obama were getting towards a formula of spending cuts and entitlement reform in exchange for tax increases in terms of rates going up on some level of higher income earners, and there's evidence that the president was willing to move from his $250,000 position to somewhere up around $400,000. of course the speaker was always looking to cap it at a million. but clearly they didn't feel they were getting somewhere, which is why the speaker was then running his plan b, which ultimately failed. look, i think that there is a deal that could get enough republican votes in a majority of republican votes in the house to raise income tax ra
CSPAN
Dec 23, 2012 7:00am EST
in the fiscal cliff at to be a republican discussion about what they were and were not willing to do. that did that seem to take place until earlier this week. the conversation was inconclusive. the one thing that has not happened yet, democrats have provided the votes on a lot of budget-related matters over the years but it was only after the tea party gave boehner permission to negotiate with the democrats -- those circumstances the to happen. we see you pushed as hard as you could. we now need to get something done. against thiso vote but work with the democrats. host: we have spoken to a number of republicans who say that the problem is spending. the government needs to cut spending. that is where we need to go in terms of reducing the deficit. guest: that is true, we to cut spending, but there is some conflicting of a couple issues. we to cut long-term spending on retirement programs to make them more in line with economic growth, not make them grow that much more quickly than economic growth. all the things that the republican house has passed, cuts, have the discretionary spen
CNN
Dec 23, 2012 2:00pm PST
republicans about whether the u.s. is going to go over the fiscal cliff. some folks think that perhaps senator mcconnell would not negotiate something with senate democrats if he wasn't sure that it was going to pass the house, that it would get by at least some of the republicans who would need to get by to pass. but i think the white house is hoping that he will kind of buck house republicans and agree to work something out so that something can pass the senate. but it's very much up in the air, miguel, and not certain that we are not going over the fiscal cliff at this point. >> sounds like a very dangerous game, a very complicated game of chicken, the highest levels. what is your sense of it? you spent time with the president, know washington well. do you think someone is going to blink? >> you know, if you'd asked me a couple of weeks ago, i would have said i didn't think that the country would go over the fiscal cliff. i think it's very much a possibility at this point. i was sort of surprised that, honestly, a deal wasn't worked out. so i think at this point, too, the wh
FOX
Dec 23, 2012 9:00am EST
>> chris: i'm chris wallace, talks to avert the fiscal cliff stall. washingtonates how to prevent more mass murders. ♪ >> chris: with nine days to go is it possible to make a deal to head off big tax increases, and spending cuts? we'll ask two senate leaders, republican john barrasso, and, democrat, kent conrad. then, as the nation mourns the victims of the newtown school shooting, we turn to a man of faith. for some answers. in these trying times he sees the need for a spiritual awakening. we'll discuss the sandy hook massacre and the meaning of christmas. with pastor rick warren. >>> plus, a change at the state department. as the benghazi report is finally released. we'll ask our sunday panel about the nomination of john kerry to replace hillary clinton. and, where the investigation of a terror attack that killed four americans goes now. and, our power player of the week, continues in holiday tradition, to show respect for veterans. all, right now, on fox news sunday. ♪ >> chris: and hello, again from fox news in washington. at christmas, people who arnauty get coal in their stock and if the white house and congress don't make a deal in the next nine days to avoid the fiscal cliff we ring in the new year with big tax increases and spending cuts. here
ABC
Dec 23, 2012 9:30am EST
about the nrara quickly. on the fiscal cliff, this is friday but the markets did not star pretty. is the business community getting what they deserve? >> actually, a lot of the ceo's have been active in washington trying to broker a deal. that have been verery active and very piscivorous -- >> but a deal on their terms. >> actually not. the ceo's tend to be me morate because they arare just so bloody well feet. if you are jamie dimon, you u can say i can afford to pay more taxes. those guys do n not get affected by these tax hikes quite like the rest of us do. their army of accountants and taxx lawyers prohibit them from paying taxes. >> do you u feel like they are contributing or hurting? >> wdo not have an autocratic government. a lot of these ceo's are used to giving orders and having those orders followed. >> we finally heard friday from the national rifle associatition -- the gun industry. will they keep all of the freedoms that they have now? >> it is very weird when the nra is calling for a lotf spending atat aime when we areaving a debate about fiscal contraction. >> the nra sayi
MSNBC
Dec 23, 2012 5:00am PST
inevitable that we go over the fiscal cliff. true, it was asking the house republicans to vote for a tax increase. but it was -- they got some cover from grower and others and i think it was a political exercise more so than anythings and it had enabled the work, it would have changed the scenario. >> governor, you know first-hand the politics of raising taxes. what did you make of all this? >> i almost felt sorry for speaker boehner. being torn apart by his own caucus. i'm enthusiastic about them passing anything. tax bills have to start in the house. the senate can take whatever vehicle they send over and substitute for it something that makes sense and have it sent back and it's on them to say yes or no as to whether we go over the cliff. that's really the approach. >> so you want to see something come out of the house? >> anything. anything. and you substitute the total bill. but it has to come out of the house and that's the rationale for getting something there. >> they actually did get something out of the house early last week. they stopped the defense sequester and that's al
FOX News
Dec 23, 2012 3:00am PST
guys. when it comes to who is to blame for the fiscal cliff gridlock. >> i offered to compromise with republicans in congress. i met them halfway on taxes and i met them more than halfway on spending. >> the president and senate democrats have vowed to reject and veto all of our proposals, while failing to offer responsible solutions of their own. >> kelly: now the wall street journal is reporting that the president reportedly threatened boehner saying he'll blame republicans in a state of the union speech if no deal is reached. here to weigh in on this matter, the host of fox news sunday, chris wallace. >> hi, guys. >> alisyn: chris, first the timeline because senator jeff sessions has come out and said the real deadline is not december 31st, it's actually this coming thursday because the house still needs to read it and ratify it so they must have a decision by thursday. are they just going to kick the can down the road here? >> well, it looks like at the very least, that would be the best outcome at this point. i wouldn't get hung up on thursday, as opposed to next monday or tuesday, turns out th
FOX News
Dec 23, 2012 9:00am PST
don't think the president wants to go over the fiscal cliff but i do think he wants to break house republicans not just on this issue but on several issues down the road and essentially john boehner was right with bran b. we needed to pass that because we need leverage on president obama because president obama is not offering a balanced approach. he is talking about cutting spending but not talking about preserving medicare and social security which is 6 6 to 62 tof the federal budget. they need to use the debt ceiling limit to preserve medicare and social security. i think we will eventually reach an agreement here. >> but doug, i don't believe -- i don't think that is entirely fair. the president put on the table things that many people in his party don't like. he put on the cpi on social security and agreed to some where around $400 billion in medicare cuts. he but entitlements on o the table in big, big numbers. john boehner was the guy who said a week ago we got to have a trillion in revenues and a trillion in cuts. that was the basic frame work for the deal. so then the decision in terms of
CBS
Dec 23, 2012 6:30am EST
." >> enough already. the fiscal cliff. it's not a cliff. it's a metaphor that refers to two single acts of congress signed by the president. spending cuts and tax hikes that can be easily changed as they were created. so enough already about a cliff. okay. capitalist of the year, pat? >> french actor gerald depardo. he flees from france to belgium to avoid the income tax. gives up his citizen shap. mort, you ought to take a look at that example. he fled the country. >> i will get back to you. >> mayor bloomberg, who put $250,000 into the maryland same-sex marriage campaign which succeeded. also, he used his money to defeat a pro-gun democratic in california. money well spent by the mayor of new york. >> fed chairman bernanke who saved the financial system which is at the core of capitalism. >> beautifully stated. >> jim demint from his move from the senate to the heritage foundation. i want to tell you mr. capitalist. >> with that salary? capitalist of the year mark zuckerman. for his $200 million contribution to columbia university for their institute for the mind and the brain. congra
FOX
Dec 23, 2012 8:00am EST
lead to an arrest in this case. >>> just over eight days until we reach the so-called fiscal cliff, the president and lawmakers have left dc for the holiday break without a deal in place. president obama maintains he he's met republicans halfway in negotiations, but that's still not good enough for republicans, which means the future for tax cuts is still uncertain. here's the latest. >> reporter: dc may be shutting down for christmas, but the clock hasn't stopped running and the fiscal cliff is closer than ever. no deal was reached this week to keep taxes from going up for everyone at the end of the year. house speaker john boehner says he's hopeful a deal can be reached, but in his weekly address, he continued hammering away at president obama. >> this was the year the size of our debt, all $16 trillion of it, surpassed the size of our entire economy. it's a grim milestone, one of many we'll have to bear if we don't come to grips with it. the president's solution of raising tax rates would still leave red ink for as far as the i can see. >> reporter: president obama landed in ha for the christmas break. on friday, the president said he believes it's still possible to avoid the fiscal cliff, but also acknowledging the politi
CNN
Dec 23, 2012 11:30am PST
democrats have left town for the holidays. if they also leave us to go over the fiscal cliff who will americans blame? cnn's paul stein hauser takes a look at the latest polls. >> hey, miguel. first things first, americans are worried about the tax increases and spending cuts that would kick in if the nation falls off the fiscal cliff at the end of the year. check this out, seven of ten questioned in our cnn/orc national poll said they there would be major problems or a crisis in the country if that happens. >> part of what voters were looking for, is some compromise up here. that's what, that's what folks want. >> and our poll indicates more americans want the republicans rather than the democrats could compromise more to reach bipartisan solutions. >> the democrat-controlled senate and white house have no plan and have offer nod plan all year to deal with these looming cuts. >>> but the public doesn't seem to agree. and more people would blame republicans in congress rather than the president if no deal is reached. one reason why? more people see the views and policies of the g
CNN
Dec 23, 2012 12:00pm PST
a fiscal cliff. an outcomeloing more likely every hour. washington's willingness to take america to the brink threatens its prosperity. this is about the latest movement in the negotiation between the democrats and republicans comes down to useless symbolic moves and haggling between grown men. your elected officials are wasting time while the clock ticks. house speaker john boehner announced his plan b to let bush-era tax cuts expire for earners making more than $1 million a year and he wants to set automatic spending cuts with unspecified cuts elsewhere. the speaker pulled his so-called plan b for lack of support from his own party because many republicans still beholden to grover nor quest and the ridiculous pledge want no compromise at all. the debate between the two sides centers around a balanced approach the budget. republicans say president obama wants too much revenue. that's taxes in normal speak and not enough cuts. >> at some point we're going to have to address the spending problem that we have. we can't cut our way to prosperity. we need economic growth. many believe the fundamental reform of our tax code will help us get our economy moving faster and put more americans back to work. and more americ
PBS
Dec 23, 2012 12:30pm PST
out either. i think they are going to go over the cliff. the main objective obama had was not a fiscal one, it was political, to follow the victory in november by creating a civil war among republicans over the tax issue, whichs extly at happed. he said the 1 requirement i have for any deal is hiking tax rates. the reason that boehner was not able to do plan b was because it involved breaching the principle, which he did openly and said he was ready to do it. there were conservatives who would not do it. that is not a figure of the party that will be extremely hard to reconcile. if you can not, how you get a deal done before january 1? >> that is essentially t problethe president faced th boehner two years ago. last year. can he deliver? how can you negotiate with someone who cannot deliver on his side? >> you go to people for support, at least three of whom have lost their committee assignments. how can you expect them to come over to your way of thinking? >> they were crowing when john boehner went down, taking some delight, but that was pre- cleared by the leadership. the lea
KRON
Dec 23, 2012 8:00am PST
the looming fiscal cliff. that tax and cut measure >> i used to be a business owner are do not want taxes to go of, republicans to not want calkins to go up. despite suffering a major defeat this week, when he couldn't muster enough republican support to pass his own tax proposal, house speaker john boehner says there's still hope. in this week's republican address, boehner urges democrats to work with republicans on if no deal is reached by january 1st, severe cuts and tax increases will take effect sometime during the month. congress is cutting short its vacation to come back to work on thursday. >> a federal judge is givng the okay to b-p's settlement with businesses and people affected by the 20-10 oil spill in the gulf of mexico. under the settlement, b-p will pay close to eight billion dollars to settle economic and medical claims from thousands of businesses and individuals in louisiana, alabama and other coastal areas. aside from seafood industry claims, there is no cap on the amount b-p will pay to those who agree to the class action settlement. the company will pay 2- point-3 billion dollars to commerci
ABC
Dec 23, 2012 6:00pm EST
ask you about another washington story. we're nine days away from going over the fiscal cliff. any progress to speak of today? >> there are a number of members of congress today asking that the president and the speaker try one more time. both republicans and democrats and the senate are saying the chances of that big debt reducing deal really are lost. it's now a small deal, they expect it out of the senate probably later this week. >> david kerley reporting from washington tonight. thank you. >>> president obama attended the burial today of daniel inouhe. it was a 19-gun salute when the senator's coffin arrived at the national memorial cemetery of the pacific. he was the first japanese american elected to both houses of congress, the second longest serving senator in american history. he was 88 years old. >> the other big story we're following tonight, with a third of all americans traveling for the holidays, meteorologists are worried about the nightmare after christmas. two new storms are moving in. we'll get the forecast in i minute, but first the mess the weather is already creating. >> reporter: it's the christmas trip turned nightmare for drivers on the east and west coast. in northern california with more snow expected to blanket
CSPAN
Dec 23, 2012 12:35am EST
it seems as if we have no choice did let the fiscal cliff happen. there is no way we can get our spending under control. guest: that is a growing sentiment for a ton of folks on capitol hill, especially among conservative republicans. they do not want that fiscal cliff. there are a number that are angry over the cuts that would come from defense. there is growing sentiment among some of them that if you go over the cliff, you look at the first real dollar to dollar ager spending cuts in a generation. some of them are eager about that. not necessarily a public thing, but they are talking amongst themselves. is this the worst thing if we go over it? some are looking at the same situation with tax rate. it is not the worst thing if we can suddenly raise our are sent to joe tax rates -- of tax rates. the center is boehner and obama and the other leadership posts there publicly saying no, no. you cannot go over this. we should stop this. host: barbara from texas. caller: thank you for taking my call this morning. merry christmas. i have been listening to c-span a lot. i have got some comments and one question. i do believe that we need to go over a physical cliff. doing a deal at the end of the year is getting old because ev
FOX News
Dec 23, 2012 8:00am PST
the president doesn't want to avoid the fiscal cliff. >> when i listen to the president, i think the president is eager to go over the cliff for political purposes. i think he sees a political victory at the bottom of the cliff. he gets all of this additional tax revenue for new programs and he gets to cut the military which democrats have been calling for for years and he gets to blame republicans for it. >> president obama for his part said he is optimistic a deal can still be reached. he spoke at the white house friday before leaving for hawaii where he is now. but at the same time the president acknowledging there might not be time for any kind of a grand bargain. he scaled back his goals and pushing not for the big deal, but for middle class tax cut and extended benefits. a larger deal wouldn't be that hard to reach. >> what we ought to do is take speaker boehner's last offer, the president's last offer and split the difference. that would be a package of about $2.6 trillion. you couple that with the 1.1 trillion that will be done. that would be close to the $4 trillion needed t
CNN
Dec 23, 2012 3:00pm PST
this doesn't work out, that we go over the fiscal cliff, and that was reflected today on the sunday shows from both democrats and republicans. take a listen. >> passing plan b, the other night, would not have changed the outcome. we were going to go over the cliff before. we're going to go over the cliff now because it's what the president wants. you cannot negotiate with someone who does not want to negotiate. >> in the aftermath of the house republicans rejecting speaker boehner's so-called plan b, it's the first time i feel it's more likely we will go over the cliff than not, and if we allow that to happen, it will be the most colossal consequential act of congressional irresponsibility in a long time. maybe ever in american history. >> now, officially, don, the president is expected to be here or is supposedly here in hawaii through the new year, but i think the expectation now at this point is that with congress returning, president obama is likely to go back to washington to oversee things as perhaps they move or as perhaps the fiscal cliff comes nearer and the u.s. goes over it. >> can we expect any other lobbyists, any ot
CBS
Dec 23, 2012 10:30am EST
, republicans, senate and the house will let us go over this so-called fiscal cliff? >> that's a really good question. it's one of the reasons i'm pretty excited about the fact we already acted. we acted several months ago to extend the tax cuts for all americans. we don't have to go over the cliff. there is a piece of legislation that has passed house which is good-- >> schieffer: well, craig shirley, who is a republican operative tauthor observer, was quoted as saying if we were in a parliamentary system, what happened to speaker boehner would have been viewed as a vote of no confidence. do you think speaker boehner ought to step aside and let somebody else try to get this done? >> speaker boehner will be the speaker next year, without any question. the onus right now is on senator reid and the president to come up with a solution, make it a piece of legislation pass it through the senate, present it to the house and let's get back to the bargaining table. the american people deserve for both houses to do something and ask the president to sign it. >> schieffer: well, are you saying t
CNN
Dec 23, 2012 5:00am PST
deal on the fiscal cliff looks less and less likely. that could be mean coal in the stocking for house speaker john boehner and the end to his two-year reign as republican leader. he's facing pressure from his own party after his plan b failure. he proposed a vote on the plan to allow taxes to go up on millionaires, but republicans had to pull it off the table after admitting they can't get it passed. foorn illustration check the latest poll, and that's what we have political editor paul stein hauser doing? >> americans are worried about the tax increases and spending cuts that will kick in at the end of the year. 7-10 questioned in our cnn/orc national poll say there would be major problems or a crisis in the country if that happens. >> part of what voters were looking for is some compromise up here. that's what folks want. >> and our poll indicates more americans want the republicans rather than the democrats to compromise more to reach bipartisan solutions. >> the democrat-controlled senate and white house have no plan and have offered no plan all year to deal with these looming cuts. >> but the public doesn't seem to aagree, and more people would blame rep
FOX Business
Dec 23, 2012 6:00pm EST
of this stuff. it is well, fiscal cliff and we're worried about what happens in 30-days. wow, what a plan, for a huge country such as the united states. and i'm discouraged republicans have not really focused on the long-term economic issue that government spending destroys wealth and well-being. the cases made and the united states government spending has been rising as percentage of gross national product radically over last 12 to 15 years. we're closing in on europe with blinding speed. and consequences are reduced growth and reduced well-being. that is what the conversation ought to be about. neil: to that santa analogy, one thing very clear to me, we live in a society where entitlements are just expected, the gifts are just expected, the free bys are just expected. web sites logged on to see how many benefits you're eligible for, that are expected. i'm not saying there are not genuinely needy deserving folks in this country. we're more about what we get than what we can control. you know?t control. >> you know, neil, the other thing is, that the santa implication is that congss is just doling this stuff out. ie, nobody has to produce it. neil: that's right. >> nobod
ABC
Dec 22, 2012 11:00pm PST
of the capitol last night with no agreement to avert the fiscal cliff. john boehner is home in ohio tonight but left a video behind. >> washington is a serious spending probable hem. reporter: which was played in the capitol tonight would run in the empty halls. i he republican leaders took a rhetorical swipe at democrats. >> i'm stuck in washington trying to prevent my fellow kentuckians from having to shell out to uncle sam next year. >> the wall journal quoting unnamed sources says when he speaker offered $800 billion in revenue by limiting deductions, the speaker asked, what die get. the president reportedly said, you get nothing. i get that for free. unable to agree on a big deal the president is now hoping to get a small deal. stepped middle class tax rates, extend some unemployment benefits and agree to a framework for a big deal. >> that's an achievable goal. that can get done in ten days. >> can it? consider speaker boehner's other words which are really echoing about making a deal. >> how we get, god only knows. >> the president waisted no time getting into vikes mode. the played golf an saturday. white house officials say staff members from both side will exchange e-mails and phone calls over the next couple of days. congress is expected to be back at wor
ABC
Dec 23, 2012 2:00am PST
avert the fiscal cliff. john boehner is home in ohio tonight but left a video behind. >> washington is a serious spending probable hem. reporter: which was played in the capitol tonight would run in the empty halls. i he republican leaders took a rhetorical swipe at democrats. >> i'm stuck in washington trying to prevent my fellow kentuckians from having to shell out to uncle sam next year. >> the wall journal quoting unnamed sources says when he speaker offered $800 billion in revenue by limiting deductions, the speaker asked, what die get. the president reportedly said, you get nothing. i get that for free. unable to agree on a big deal the president is now hoping to get a small deal. stepped middle class tax rates, extend some unemployment benefits and agree to a framework for a big deal. >> that's an achievable goal. that can get done in ten days. >> can consider spe it? consider speaker boehner's other words which are really echoing about making a deal. >> how we get, god only knows. >> the president waisted no time getting into vikes mode. the played golf an saturday. white house officials say staff members from both side will exchange e-mails and phone calls over the next couple of days. congress is expected to b
CSPAN
Dec 23, 2012 11:00am EST
were going over the cliff, fiscal cliff here, and it's going to be a big crisis and everybody will wring their hands and then hopefully we're going to get a deal, which is going to require raising taxes. republicans going to hate and cutting back entitlements and democrats like the. and it will require a complex. i wish dwight eisenhower here work to engineer that compromise. >> two quick questions. the first one is in response to something you said just a few minutes ago. i just came here from the vietnam memorial wall, and there are some names from 1959 picks i think those need to be noted at least in a footnote. this happening under president eisenhower's watch. >> that's true. >> the bigger question as with or spoken to or spoken, you've only or spoken to you for i'm about but have a chance to read it yet, so i don't know the depth to which you go in the u2 affair that's already been touched on, but i am mindful that -- 1986 study called mayday. >> a great book. >> the very end of the book, he accounts eisenhower writing his memoirs in 1954, calling up john mckeown, then director of the cia, st. john, can you remind me how that u2 plane came down? and he quotes, this quote either quotes or misquote
CSPAN
Dec 23, 2012 2:00pm EST
congress need to have a stiffer spine. we all do. we got the fiscal cliff coming up. there are going to be things in that bill that i'm not going to like. there are going to be a lot of things that the republicans don't like. but if we're supposed to do our job for the country, that means we have to take that vote, and i will take that vote because i do not want to see our country go down. i want to see us go forward and get jobs. >> we have time for one more. "so was there not a piece of legislation and brought to the floor for a vote between 2009? and >> are members are very courageous and they will walk the plank on and a tough vote, but i want them to do that on something that will become law. yes, it is a tough vote, a very complicated, complex issue. it is something that many of us had been fighting for in the particulars of this and in personal lives as well. it was a very high priority for us. let's just say money. big money out there on the sides of those who would not be opposed. by the way, i do not paint all hunters with the same brush. i think this gives hunters a bad name. it is undeserved. many of them think it should be banned and that is what i am so proud that we are taking that vie
FOX News
Dec 23, 2012 1:00pm PST
lieberman, an independent from connecticut says it is looking likely we will go over the fiscal cliff. >>heather: thank you from washington, dc, steve. >>gregg: president obama spending the christmas holiday in hawaii, a somber moment as the president and the first lady attended a memorial service for daniel inouye, the decorated world war ii veteran and long-serving united states senators who passed away on monday. chief white house correspondent ed henry is live in honolulu. ed? >>reporter: the president gave the eulogy on friday in washington, dc, talking about growing up here in hawaii in the early 70's and seeing then young senator inouye lead the watergate hearings and president obama saying that was one of the earliest political inspirations looking up to that decorated world war ii veteran who continued his public service for some 50 years in the united states senate. a short time ago, senate majority leader harry reid was speaking at the national memorial cemetery of the pacific where senator inouye will be laid to rest. he talks about how senator bob dole came to the capitol
CSPAN
Dec 22, 2012 9:00pm EST
going over the fiscal cliff here, and it's going to be a big crisis, and everybody's going to wring their hands, and that's, hopefully, we're going to get a deal which is going to require raising taxes, which the republicans are going to hit, and cutting back entitlements that the democrats are going to hate, but it needs a compromise. i wish eisenhower were here to engineer that compromise. yes, sir? >> two quick questions. the first one is in response to something thaw yoid just minutes ago. i just came here from the vietnam memorial wall, and there are names from 1959. i think those needed to be noted in a footnote as happening -- >> that's true. >> under president eisenhower east watch. the bigger, little question as we've spoken. you signed my book, but i have not had a chance to read it. i don't know the depth in which you go in the u2 affair that's already been touched on, but i am mindful that from beschloss's book called "may day" -- >> a great book. >> recounts the memoirs in 1964 calling up the then director of cia -- >> right. >> saying, john, can you remind me how that u2 plane came down, and he quotes, either quotes or misquotes a pastor telling him that the pilot, gary powers, gary powers said
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